The IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications announced the first IEC TS 62941 certificate issued to First Solar, a global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems.
IEC TS 62941 identifies best practices for PV product design, manufacturing processes, and the selection and control of materials. The certification was issued by the global safety and certification organization, Underwriters Laboratories – UL (US), one of the first approved Renewable Energy Certification Bodies (RECBs) in the IECRE.
First Solar becomes the first company to benefit from the harmonized certification process for the PV sector. The IECRE System enables broader industry stakeholder participation in defining the third party certification process, which guarantees the certificates will meet the needs of industry.
It reduces costs for manufacturers and consumers by eliminating the need for duplicative evaluations and certifications in different markets.
IEC TS 62941 has raised the industry standards for PV module product design, development, product certification, process control, raw material control and procurement, as well as product testing and monitoring.
First Solar was assessed by UL, consistent with the processes defined by the IECRE Conformity Assessment (CA) system. IECRE certification is highly valued because third party evaluation is carried out by accredited, independent laboratories accepted to participate in the CA system.